COINTELPRO Topics

COINTELPRO is an acronym for the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program, which was used in the 1960s to monitor, manipulate and disrupt social and political movements in the United States. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Panthers, anti-Vietnam War activists, and the American Indian Movement were among the program’s targets. Democracy Now! has extensively covered COINTELPRO and its aftermath, as well as similar tactics still used against today’s generation of political activists.

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  • Drones
    Watch the 20 most-viewed Democracy Now! segments on our website.
    Dec 31, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Fbi
    One of the great mysteries of the Vietnam War era has been solved. On March 8, 1971, a group of activists — including a cabdriver, a day care director and two professors — broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. They stole every document they found and then leaked many to the press, including details about FBI abuses and the then-secret counter-intelligence program to infiltrate, monitor and disrupt social and political...
    Jan 08, 2014 | Story
  • Noamchomsky4
    In this web exclusive, world-renowned dissident Noam Chomsky reflects on the significance of the 1971 burglary of the FBI office in Pennsylvania that exposed COINTELPRO. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 08, 2014 | Web Exclusive
  • Bonnieandjohn2-fix
    Watch part 2 of our extended discussion with three of the antiwar activists who broke into an FBI office in 1971 in Media, Pennsylvania. They are speaking out publicly this week for the first time. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 08, 2014 | Web Exclusive
  • Amys_column_default
    By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

    This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program. No, not news of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency, but of a group of anti-Vietnam war activists who perpetrated one of the most audacious thefts of government secrets in U.S. history, and who successfully evaded capture, remaining...

    Jan 09, 2014 | Columns & Articles